A device driver or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.

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Is there any difference between use driver from ati.amd.com or download fglrx package from repositories?

I'm wondering if both are the same or one is better than the other.
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Possible missing firmware

I've just installed Backtrack 5 r3 (Gnome, 64bits) on my new machine but I am kind of facing a problem. I tried installing ATI driver, gparted, and libc for 32-bit support and I always seem to be ...
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How do I go about making a wrapper for a driver to be used on FreeBSD?

The situation: I found myself in need of an additional NIC for my pfSense router/firewall. I had a few choices... shell out over $100 for a dual port gigabit card buy a new motherboard that has ...
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BackTrack USB Wireless adapter drivers issue

I purchased USB Wireless adapter which runs smoothly on Windows and Ubuntu, but in BackTrack it's showing me a Bad password issue. From my reading I guess it's driver issue which BackTrack Kernel ...
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Laptop falls-back to Vesa video-driver

I own Dell Inspiron 15R SE (7520) and I have installed Arch Linux on it. It seems that I have two video-cards so I have installed both drivers + Vesa driver (pardon me if that's wrong). dagrevis@haze ...
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How to feed linux new install drivers?

I'm trying to install a Linux distribution on my new setup, but after the first tries I failed without knowing why. My configuration: Desktop PC HP Processor: Intel Core i3 2120 @3.30GHz ...
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/opt/nvidia-smi from nvidia-drivers pack outputs “failed to load nvidia kernel module”

Actually I have nouveau string in make.conf. "Nvidia-smi has failed because it couldn't communicate with NVIDIA driver. Make sure that latest NVIDIA driver is installed and running."
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Checking video card load via command line

Is there a command like cpustat or iostat or memstat, but for the video card? Or some indication in /proc or /sys?
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Fedora 15 Crash after xorg.conf file update

I updated my xorg.conf file looking to set up a dual screen system. Unfortunately, I can't provide you this file because when I went to reboot my system crashed. The last line I get when I try to ...
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Unable to get graphics to work on a Fedora 17 on a Intel Atom board

I have a Intel N2800 motherboard with the PoverVR Cedar Trail GPU. It seemed that it was not possible to make it work other than using some meego kernel patch that works on a specific kernel version. ...
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Driver for Intel 2200BG wireless network card

I'm trying to make work my wireless network card Intel 2200BG in my laptop Acer Travelmate 4002WLMI. I tried so far: $ sudo lshw -C network *-network:1 description: Wireless interface ...
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“Merging” two input device drivers/nodes to one device node

Okay, I have two joysticks attached to my linux box and they show up as /dev/js0 and /dev/js1. My problem is, I have a third party application, (that I cannot change), that uses a joystick, and it can ...
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How can I fix my X11 draw garbled icons?

I'm running linux mint 12: $ cat /etc/issue Linux Mint 12 Lisa \n \l This started happening recently: And I'm not sure why. It's not just limited to the above icons and text. $ lspci | ...
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Installing USR 5422 on Ubuntu 12.04

I am a newbie to Linux. I was trying to set up the USR5422 USB adapter. It worked fine for the first time, but since then it freezes the computer most of the time. What commands can I fire to see ...
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Reducing ubuntu boot time using dmesg

The boot time is 141 seconds. Here's the most interesting parts of dmesg command: [ 2.870498] usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci_hcd [ 80.669210] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: ...
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Restart USB mouse driver?

Sometimes, after some event that I can't determine, my USB mouse gets stuttery - like the refresh rate drops down to about 5-10Hz. It still works fine other than that, but it's incredibly annoying, ...
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Installing wireless driver (realtek 8188CE) on Debian wheezy

I had a hard time installing the wireless driver for my debian. My debian was Sqeeze but soon after I realized Wheezy was the one to support my wireless adapter, realtek 8188CE,I upgraded to wheezy. ...
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Cannot get Realtek r8168 ethernet card up

I've working on Arch Linux and in 99% of time I connect to internet by WLAN but sometimes I need to use ethernet connection, so today I see something strange. My eth0 device is down, and I can't get ...
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Hopelessly stuck on making Nvidia Driver work on Debian

Before I posted question here, I'd been hacking around for the solution for my problem, but none of them worked. Here is my situation. I had a Win7 OS before I put a Debian Squeeze on it, now I got a ...
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Does Linux have support for network interfaces over an AT-Command serial modem?

I've got a Telit GM862-GPS module, which is a GPRS modem with a serial interface and uses the standard Hayes AT command set (with some extensions). What I'd like to do is to be able to connect this up ...
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Modifying TG3 Broadcom driver

I was wondering whether it's possible to modify the said driver in order to prevent adapter from using embedded SRAM, and use system RAM instead. And if so, how to do it. I have a laptop with ...
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How to know the event by looking at /dev/input/by-id

I want to access the keyboard device driver. I usually accesses it by looking at /dev/input/by-name but the event provided by it gets changed every time I log in. After searchin on the Net, I found ...
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How to get started writing drivers?

I have a throw-away cheap laptop I'd like to twiddle around, a Thinkpad SL 500. What bothers me are two leds, the one for wireless connectivity, and the one for hibernation, which don't light up at ...
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Arch modules not loading on start?

I keep getting errors on startup in Arch relating to my rc.conf: failed to load module "wl" failed to load module "lib80211" etc. It lists all the modules in my /etc/rc.conf This is my full ...
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What is the difference between kernel drivers and kernel modules?

When I do a lspci -k on my Kubuntu with a 3.2.0-29-generic kernel I can see something like this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86 [Quadro NVS 290] (rev a1) Subsystem: ...
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strange noise in some gui programs

I have Debian testing, I use XFCE. Recently, shortly after dist-upgrade, I noticed that XFCE terminal has some noise in it - especially near the end of long lines or when I use midnight commander. The ...
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Device driver to capture wireless traffic using Wi-Fi adapter?

I wish to be able to read wireless traffic sent from my wireless keyboard. At first I thought I could just buy some board like Arduino, plug in a module like nRF24L01+ and use this combo. Since I'm ...
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Can't install driver in Arch

I'm using Arch Linux, kernel 3.5.3 on a MacBook. I'm trying to get the keyboard backlight working. I found the driver in the AUR: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25467, but I'm having trouble ...
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Huawei E353 Driver for Linux

Does the Linux kernel that comes with Ubuntu 12.04 support the Huawei E353 modem? I'm using it on Windows currently but want to know if it works on Ubuntu.
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What driver is behind a certain device file?

Given a device file, say /dev/sdb, is it possible to determine what driver is behind it? Specifically, I want to determine what driver my storage devices are using. fdisk -l lists 2 devices: /dev/sda ...
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How to find the best monitor resolution and put it to work? Fedora

In this question I'm asking how to install a compatible driver to a Fedora machine, but, the main problem is a bad resolution. So, how can I find the best resolution to my monitor and put it to work? ...
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How to install a specific video driver on Fedora?

I need to install a compatible video driver on a Fedora machine. The resolution proportion isn't very well and I can't change the brightness and contrast (xbacklight and xgamma) either. Please answer ...
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Sound not working in Debian except in google chrome and test utilities [closed]

Yesterday, I had Archlinux on my Dell Latitude E6520 and the sound was working perfectly fine (I even had the loud beep I couldn't get rid of). Today, I installed Debian and alsa. The first surprise ...
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Writing a driver to fool *nix systems about having a GPU

I'm into something about writing a "Mock GPU driver" for *nix based systems. What I mean is that, simply I want to write a driver (Behind X-server obviously) to answer X's API calls with some ...
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Why are Linux installs bigger than I've read? Some beginner questions

I've read in different textbooks that say Linux is light-weight(e.g. It could fit on a 1.4MB floppy). So why is the download from the Ubuntu or Fedora CD sized or larger? Do the device drivers extend ...
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debian does not detect serial PCI card after reboot

I have installed a PCI card with two serial and one parallel port on it. the chipset is MCS9865. I downloaded the latest driver(V1.0.12) from here. I ran make and make install. now the two serial ...
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Cannot create “Hello World” module (and NVIDIA, and VirtualBox)

First off, the details. BEFORE: kernel: 3.2.0-2-amd64, nvidia driver: 295.59 AFTER: kernel: 3.2.0-3-amd64, nvidia driver: 302.17-3 My Debian wheezy is kept recent at all times. Actually, doing ...
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Xorg.conf, which modules should be loaded for better performance?

In general what is supposed to be in the Module section of the Xorg.conf file in order to get maximum performance from a graphic card? At the moment my Module section is empty... also because I ...
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Trouble getting iwlwifi driver working

I just installed Debian and I am having issues getting my wireless working. I installed Squeeze and also the nonfree firmware for iwlwifi. I thought I did everything right but I am still not getting ...
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Linux thin station

I have this pc that I just installed and set it up as Linux thin station. I did all the formatting procedures and copying of image to the HD. When I boot it up, I get these, which I think are driver ...
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nVidia drivers in Xorg / KDE - performance and stability for different cards

I have a GeForce 250 GTS card and I am using the proprietary drivers in Linux (KDE on Debian Testing). Unfortunately recently I had a lot of issues with stability and performance - I had quite a few ...
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Can hardware be accessed directly from user space?

At work we have some embedded devices controlled by DOS software. I have been tasked with the responsibility of assessing the use of Linux as a replacement OS for DOS on a next generation of hardware. ...
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lsmod returns nothing on my embedded device

I have put a vendor supplied embedded Linux installation (called X-Linux) onto a hardware device. I ran lsmod to see what modules are loaded and nothing at all is shown. Also there is no /proc/modules ...
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Where can I find the wireless driver for BCM4311 for OpenIndiana 148?

I know that OpenIndiana 148 doesn't have the network driver (BCM4311) for the laptop. I wonder if anyone out there can help, or point the way to me where I can get the driver?
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Raspberry Pi Wireless USB stick

I recently acquired a Raspberry Pi, and have installed Debian Squeeze on it, and after doing a small bit of research (I'm not too proficient with Linux) I found and ordered a USB wireless dongle ...
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can't initialise/detect 16550A UART at unusual io port address

I've got a board based on the Vortex86DX CPU which is an x86 based microcontroller. It has five 16550A UARTS, four (COM1-COM4) of which are at the usual io port addresses (0x3f8, 0x2f8, 0x3e8, 0x2e8) ...
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Extracting only the module and the libraries from the AMD ATI proprietary drivers

I need to use this drivers in a Linux based system that is highly customized and so I'd like to know if there is a way of having this pieces just ready to be manually installed and/or used. In other ...
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differences between vesa and fbdev Xorg drivers?

What are the differences between the 'VESA' driver and the 'fbdev' driver for Xorg? Both have no hardware acceleration a.f.a.i.k.
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A problem with mknod when logged in as root

I am trying to load a char device driver written by myself. To achieve this I use a modified bash script published on this site: http://www.makelinux.net/ldd3/chp-3-sect-2. Here is my version of the ...
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wireless is disabled by hardware switch even when not

I have a spartan computer. It has a built-in wireless module that up until recently I've had no issues with. The current problem is this. Everytime I shutdown the computer and it boots back up, I am ...